Melanie Kehoss

Papercutting
Studio: 5826 Washington Blvd. Arlington VA 22205

www.kehoss.com

I am fascinated by the often surprising origins of cultural phenomena. My light boxes depict customs that have evolved from the mingling of varied ethnic and religious backgrounds, and with the sway of technology and trade.
I am drawn to cut paper because the medium enticingly balances simplicity and complexity: simple because an artwork may involve only one sheet of paper, complex because I can reduce that sheet of paper to a detail as fine as lace. I cut each piece by hand because of the smooth, controlled, yet gestural line that a hand-held knife creates.